George Saunders’ Advice to Graduates

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George Saunders delivered this convocation speech at Syracuse University for the class of 2013. It subsequently went viral, and there’s a really solid reason for that; It’s awesome. In case you have not read it already, please enjoy;

George Saunders’ Advice to Graduates
George Saunders by Damon Winter from the The New York Times.

The entire speech, graduation season or not, is well worth reading, and is included below.

“Down through the ages, a traditional form has evolved for this type of speech, which is: Some old fart, his best years behind him, who, over the course of his life, has made a series of dreadful mistakes (that would be me), gives heartfelt advice to a group of shining, energetic young people, with all of their best years ahead of them (that would be you).
And I intend to respect that tradition.
Now, one useful thing you can do with an…

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13 thoughts on “George Saunders’ Advice to Graduates”

  1. Isn’t this one of the issues our peers are grappling with now? Have we been kind enough and if we have not been as kind as maybe we even thought we were, is it too late in the game to change? I wish someone gave these convocation 38 years ago, but then I was not kind enough to “allow” my parents to go to graduation. And, boy would I have missed a magic moment. Glad to have you back behind the wheel.

    1. I definitely think that our perspective on kindness, its fundamental importance in the recipe for living a life of contentment and joy, becomes more concentrated as we get older…Happy to be back, but I was never really gone honey…xoxo, m

  2. an enlightened read that moved me to tears. He seemed to touch on everything that a person experiences, and his wise advice was so gently and doably put.I enjoyed it immensely–felt that rare connection

    * and this from one not inclined to read long pieces online *

    Have a great week, Karma Girl…:)

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